White House Correspondents Dinner

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Meanwhile, WHCA Holds Glam-Free Dinner

No Trump and Sam Bee's competing roast siphon the usual celebrity element away

(Newser) - Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years. With President Trump sending his regrets , attention was no longer focused on an in-person roasting of the commander in chief and his humorous... More »

At Day 100, Trump Rips Media Dinner, Heads for Pa.

First president since Reagan to skip WHCA dinner, instead rallies his base

(Newser) - President Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by claiming historic action on his agenda, reports the AP , renewing promises on health care and taxes and attacking the news media that he says is misleading Americans in a rally in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and... More »

Ditching Press Dinner, Trump Plans Rally Instead

President will head to Harrisburg, Pa., for 'BIG' rally on Saturday

(Newser) - Eschewing tradition in Washington, DC, President Trump on Saturday will become the first commander in chief since Ronald Reagan—who was then recuperating from an assassination attempt—to skip the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, and instead will head to Harrisburg, Pa., to hold a rally, reports NBC News . Trump... More »

White House Staff Skipping Correspondents' Dinner

They are 'standing in solidarity' with Trump

(Newser) - It's unlikely they're going to Samantha Bee's roast of President Trump instead, but a month after the president announced he would steer clear of the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, White House staff members are following suit. "The staff is standing in solidarity with the president,... More »

Trump Won't Attend Correspondents' Dinner

Multiple news outlets had already dropped out of the annual event

(Newser) - With trouble already brewing around the event—the Washington Post reports there were calls for news outlets to boycott, and several had already dropped out, according to the Hill —President Trump announced Saturday he wouldn't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. "Please wish everyone well... More »

Samantha Bee Promises Epic Trump Roast

It's planned for same night as White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - If Donald Trump chooses to roast journalists, celebrities, and politicians at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, DC, this year, it'll be with the knowledge that he's being brutally mocked not too far away. Samantha Bee of TBS' Full Frontal says she'll host celebrities, journalists,... More »

Obama's 10 Most Biting Jokes at Annual Dinner

Of course he talked Trump

(Newser) - It was President Obama's final turn at the mic Saturday night in what was his last White House Correspondents' Dinner, and the jokes were rolling. Ten standouts from the president, who spoke to a crowd that included a slew of politicians and plenty of Hollywood's finest: Bryan Cranston,... More »

Obama: I Can't Wait 'to See Who Koch Bros. Pick'

It's 'nerd prom' time again

(Newser) - Washington feted itself last night with the annual exercise known alternately as the White House Correspondents Dinner or "Nerd Prom," with Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong getting in some of the strongest zingers. "Your hair is so white now," she told President Obama, "it... More »

Zingers Fly at 'Nerd Prom'

President Obama, Joel McHale crack wise at White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - The annual media spectacle in which the cadre of reporters assigned to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. throws itself a glitzy party, mingles with Hollywood's bored and/or elite, and gazes deeply into its own navel is in the books. Highlights from the White House Correspondents' Dinner, aka "nerd prom,"... More »

Racist Security Marred White House Press Dinner

Seema Jilani accuses guards of being biased against her

(Newser) - As a mere spouse of one of the journalists attending the White House Correspondents Dinner, Seema Jilani was only allowed to attend the cocktail hour beforehand. But when she realized her husband had her keys, she figured she could at least meet him down in the foyer. Security guards refused,... More »

Obama: 'I'm Not Strapping Muslim Socialist I Used to Be'

Conan O'Brien slaps Joe Biden at White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - This year's White House Correspondents' Dinner saw laughs mixed with reflection on tragedies in Boston and Texas. President Obama took shots at the GOP and the media—not to mention himself. Among his best jokes, via Politico and the Los Angeles Times :
  • "Some folks still don’t think
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Conan Hosting White House Correspondents' Dinner

O'Brien will be featured act on April 27

(Newser) - The White House Correspondents' Association has chosen Conan O'Brien as the featured act for its annual dinner on April 27. Jimmy Kimmel hosted last year's dinner and got decent reviews for treading the tricky line of getting yuks without going too far. This is the event in which... More »

Time to Cancel 'Degrading' Correspondents' Dinner

It symbolizes all that is wrong with Washington, DC: Alex Pareene

(Newser) - The White House Correspondents' Dinner is an embarrassment, but it isn't a symbol of what's wrong with politics—it's a symbol of what's wrong with Washington, DC, writes Alex Pareene in a Salon piece titled "Washington's Sad Prom." Our nation's capital is... More »

Repeat Butt of WHCD Jokes: Romney

Jimmy Kimmel, President Obama pile on

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel received generally good marks as host of the White House Correspondents' Dinner last night, tweaking both parties without going for the jugular. And both Kimmel and the president dinged Mitt Romney—not in attendance—a few times. Among the top lines of the night, as per Politico :
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Celebs, Bigwigs Gather for 'Nerd Prom'

More than 2K turn out to White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - It's been dubbed the "nerd prom." But last night a good chunk of Hollywood turned out to join President Obama, Washington power brokers, and the press corps at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, reports Politico . As for dresses, Kate Hudson's purple sequin gown was "AH-MAY-ZING!... More »

Scarlett, Penn Can't Keep Hands Off Each Other

They reportedly go PDA crazy at correspondents dinner

(Newser) - The May-November romance of sexy celebs Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn is heating up. The two reportedly engaged in a slightly disconcerting super-hot make-out session smack dab in the middle of the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend. Scarlett, 26, couldn't keep her paws off 50-year-old Sean, even... More »

Obama Chuckles at Seth Meyers’ bin Laden Joke

Timely joke came one day before raid

(Newser) - The White House Correspondents' Dinner was Saturday night, just one day before Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid. Knowing that, it's especially interesting to watch the joke Seth Meyers made at the dinner—and Obama's reaction to it in particular. Hat tip to Pat's... More »

Trump Bites Back at Obama Zingers

That's what happens when you're leading the polls, he claims

(Newser) - Not surprisingly, Donald Trump has something to say about President Obama’s jokes at his expense at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “I really understood what I was getting into,” Trump said in a phone call to Fox and Friends, but “I didn't know... More »

Obama Zings Trump

President doesn't shy away from would-be birther candidate

(Newser) - Don't go to Vegas with Donald Trump these days: The would-be presidential candidate was betting last night that "I wouldn't think [Obama] would address me" in his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. No such luck, reports Politico:
  • Trump's "taken some flak lately but
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First Lady Tries Twitter

With assist from Jay Leno, CNN reporter helps Michelle Obama tweet

(Newser) - It took five people, but Michelle Obama now knows how to use Twitter. The tale emerges in the wake of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, aka the "nerd prom," where Jay Leno busted Ed Henry of CNN for tweeting at the head table. That got Obama's attention,... More »

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